There Were Storms But We Are Okay

Yesterday was a crazy day in the South. So many storms and tornadoes and so much destruction. This is the first I have experienced anything like this where it was so close to home.

Jason and I don’t have t.v. (any shows we like we watch online) so I didn’t even know anything was coming. For me, it was just a normal day and I needed to run some errands to I quickly went to Walmart. I knew that it was windy but I didn’t think anything of it until I tried to go to my car when I was finished shopping and they wouldn’t let anyone leave the building. Instead, they made us all go to the back of the store to wait it out. After the storm passed, I raced home. For the rest of the day we just kind of hung out in the basement listening to our weather radio give warning after warning while storm after storm came through along with thunder and lightning, golf ball sized hail, and plenty of rain. We were without power for a couple of hours but nothing major. We had some friends come over for a while because they didn’t have a basement so just in case, they would be with us in ours. We just passed time by playing cards in the candle light. It ended up being a pleasant evening for us.

Once our power came back on we even had internet access. That was when we saw what damage had occurred in other areas. It makes me sick to think of it. We went to bed last night thinking about how thankful we were to be going to bed in our cozy house without any damage while so many others were without. Some not even very far away. We have some good friends that had a tree fall through their house and ruin the upstairs bedrooms. We are so thankful for God’s protection and they are okay.

This morning it felt as though nothing had happened. The sun was shining and it was a new day. We decided to go for a run in our neighborhood to assess the damage. Our neighborhood looked pretty unscathed with the exception of a few tree limbs and a couple of trees. Here are some pictures from our run:

It’s hard to tell in this picture but the whole entire tree fell down. It started back in the woods and fell straight down. I’m really glad a tree didn’t hit the house that’s in the background because a few years ago a tree fell through the house and they actually tore the whole house down and rebuilt it.

Another fallen limb.

We had a neighbor of my parents call us to let us know that a tree had fallen at their house (since my parents are out of the country, we watch over their house for them). Since they only live a mile and a half from us we just decided to run over there and see what was wrong. Here are some pictures of the tree at my parents house:

From the front.

A side view.

From the back. Thankfully it doesn’t look like any damage was done besides the tree itself, of course.

On this side of things we are amazed and grateful. We are praying for those less fortunate than us and I hope you are too.